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New Educational Trail Guides Visitors Through Wilderness

01.10.2020 Today saw the festive opening of a new educational trail, named Meadows of Kouty and Zábřeh, which leads through the eponymous nature reserve between Kravaře and Dolní Benešov in the District of Opava. It was built by the local chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP), which goes by the name of Levrekův ostrov, with generous support from the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme. The trail introduces visitors to the wetlands and waterlogged meadows in the floodplain of the Opava River, and to the plants and animals tied to it.

Visit the kingdom of wetlands – Borek Pools

15.09.2020 The Borek Pools (Borecké tůně) educational wetlands – primarily made up of four small pools and one big pool, were created for amphibians and other species endemic to this biotope. We added a home for beetles and refuges for snakes and birds – additional measures for wildlife and for watching them in their natural habitat. And as a bonus, we threw in a one-of-a-kind information panel, a timber trackway that leads you straight across the surface of the water, interactive toys for children, a bench for taking a rest, and a place to listen to both frogsong and birdsong. The Bernartice chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation has built all of this for nature lovers just outside the municipality of Borek (near Tachov) with the help of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature Programme.

Invitation to Borek Pools

09.09.2020 Let us invite you to the ceremonial opening of a new educational site Borek Pools in the Tachov region. The event will take place on Tuesday 15 September at 10 am near the village of Borek. See the attached invitation for more information. We are looking forward to meeting you there.

ČSOP competitions to start in new school year despite coronavirus

01.09.2020 As the new school year begins, the Czech Union for Nature Conservation rolls out another year of its time-honoured natural-science competitions, with the Environmental Olympics going into their 26th iteration, whereas the Golden Leaf will be 49 years old already. With a bit of tweaking, both competitions were able to be organized even in the era of coronavirus, especially since they will largely take place outside, in open nature.

Closer to Nature Rounds out its Centenary with a Trail Through the Bohemian Karst's Heart

24.07.2020 18 stations with 3 panels along a 9-km route "Through the Bohemian Karst's Heart" – this is a new educational trail seeking to acquaint visitors with the natural treasures and history of the Karlštejn National Nature Reserve in the Beroun district. The trail also marks a centenary: 100 sites have now been completed within the Closer to Nature programme, a long-standing joint initiative of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation and NET4GAS.

Let us invite you to the 100th location: Through the heart of the Czech Karst

20.07.2020 The new nature trail will take visitors through the most beautiful places of the Karlštejn National Nature Reserve. We will meet on Friday, July 24 at 10 am in the village of Srbsko near Berouna, details can be found in the attached invitation.

Management projects of the past year

12.02.2020 The NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme also serves to support management projects: unique practical measures to restore habitats or support certain species. Five such projects were successfully seen through last year and deserve to be given recognition.

New educational trail across volcanic chimneys of Baba (Grandma) and Dědek (Grandpa)

09.11.2019 The densely wooded hilltop named Baba near Mladá Boleslav, which has been a nature reserve since as far back as 1950, may as of today pride itself on having a new educational trail with an interesting concept that is bound to captivate adults and children alike. It was built by the local Klenice chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) within the context of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature Programme and with the support of the town of Kosmonosy.

Křížov Quarry – Take a peek into the mountain’s interior

22.10.2019 The Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) today unveiled yet another unique geological site to the general public – the Křížov Quarry, located in the foothills of Blaník Mountain. Making the quarry accessible to visitors was possible thanks to the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme.

"U cesty" wayside well makes journey to Radyně Castle more pleasant

17.10.2019 Thanks to the kind support of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme, Spálené Poříčí, the local chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP), was able to restore a wayside well known as "U cesty", which is found on an extremely popular hiking route to Radyně Castle near Pilsen. With this latest addition, the programme has so far helped restore ten wells across the Czech Republic, putting a protective canopy over them.

Invitation to the opening of two new locations

14.10.2019 Let us invite you to two events to be held in the coming days. The first one will take place on Thursday 17th October at 10 am in Starý Plzenec, where we will open a newly reconstructed well "U cesty", which lies on a busy tourist route to the castle Radyně. On Tuesday, October 22, at 3:30 pm, the Křížov Quarry, an interesting geological and natural location with a number of interpretative elements, will be inaugurated near the village of Křížov in the Benešov region.

Thirteenth observation spot built under auspices of NET4GAS Closer to Nature Programme near Sokolov

05.09.2019 Those who find themselves in Kynšperk nad Ohří cannot fail to notice, near the local train station, two large bodies of water known as the Liboc Wetlands (after the small village of the same name). These pools provide suitable living conditions for a wide range of aquatic animals and are an ideal nesting place for birds. With this in mind, members of the local Kynšperk chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation, with the help of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme, have built a bird-watching platform, which makes it easier to follow the subtle wildlife dramas unfolding in this particular spot.

Contests organized by ČSOP attract more than 4,500 primary and secondary school pupils

02.09.2019 As the new school year rolls in, further instalments of the natural science contests organized by the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) get into gear. In the 25th Environmental Olympics, more than 500 secondary school students will pit their wits against each other, whereas more than four thousand children from primary and lower secondary schools will compete in the 48th Golden Leaf contest. Regional rounds of the two contests will be held in all corners of the Czech Republic to establish the best teams across the regions – who will then proceed to the national rounds, where the nationwide winners will be determined.

Invitation to a new lookout

02.09.2019 Let us invite you to the opening of the 13th lookout built under the NET4GAS Closer to Nature program. It is located near Liboc wetlands in Kynšperk nad Ohří. An interesting program will take place there on Thursday, September 5, the opening ceremony itself at 3 pm. See the invitation to learn more.

Hajská Pools – An island of life in the midst of a cultivated landscape

30.08.2019 About a kilometre east from Strakonice, within the intensively farmed alluvial plain of the Otava River, one finds the Hajská Pools nature reserve. Dozens of pools of water are scattered across a little less than seven hectares, and are inhabited by many rare plant and animal species. Onyx, the local chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation, decided to highlight the biodiversity of the site, and in collaboration with the South Bohemian region and the city of Strakonice, and with funding from NET4GAS, created an educational trail into the heart of this green oasis.